Find Books at Washington and Lee


  • Library Catalog  --  Lists 750,000+ books (and some other materials) in Leyburn Library, Telford Science Library, and the Law Library, as well as online books available to W&L researchers.  But also contains everything from the library catalog, plus thousands of electronic books to which we have access, but do not own.  

The preferred method for searching these databases probably is a keyword option, which allows you to combine terms and/or to search for various forms of a term.   You can use an asterisk (*) in keyword searching to substitute for 1 to 5 characters, thus allowing you to expand a search.   Example: environment* will find environment, environmental, environmentally, environmentalist, etc.

Here are some sample keyword searches:

  • gatekeep* AND journalis*  
  • gatekeep* AND (journalis* OR news)  
  • "fake news"  

Interlibrary Loan -- Books

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) enables current W&L undergraduate students, faculty, and staff to use other libraries' collections to borrow books or other printed materials and/or receive electronic copies of articles.

Fill out the form with as much information as you know about any book not in our collection.  Turnaround time for borrowing books (from request-to-arrival) usually is about a week, although that is not guaranteed.

Find Books in Other Libraries

You can discover books (and other materials) not available in W&L libraries by using the WorldCat database, which contains the holdings of hundreds of library catalogs -- books, DVD's, digital materials, etc.

W&L researchers have access to two forms of the WorldCat database:

W&L researchers can request most items found in WorldCat via Interlibrary Loan.